Vinyl Crisis spent time on the air waves with Steve Cropper. Steve is the legendary guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer.
He was the Founding member of both The Mar-Keys (originally named The Royal Spades) in the late 1950’s, and Stax’ in-house band Booker T & The MG’s in the early 1960’s. Steve did it all, including being label A&R manager, musician, one-time solo artist, engineer, producer and songwriter, co-writing classic songs such as Knock On Wood, The Dock Of The Bay and In the Midnight Hour. It was a real treat to talk music and that unique Memphis sound with Steve.
Vinyl Crisis played a 1 hour set of 45s on dublab to get your morning started. Listen and share if you like it!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with the Director of the amazing Blues Documentary, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory. This is an award-winning documentary film about the lives, legacies and music of bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The film is complete and has enjoyed a successful festival run since its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. Please support this very important project by clicking unto their Kickstarter!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Johnny Blas. Johnny is a hard hitting conguero who has performed and recorded in Jazz and Latin music for over 25 years. Johnny is a seasoned performer whose musicality extends as a percussionist, saxophonist, composer and band leader…and one of our favorite musicians.
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with the one and only Kenny Burrell. Kenny is one of the most respected jazz artists in the world. He has been active from 1956 to the present as a guitarist and composer in a variety of musical contexts including solo, small combo, large ensemble and symphony orchestra. He is a producer and recording artist whose extensive discography includes the critically acclaimed Guitar Forms; Ellington is Forever; and Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane. He has recorded 97 albums under his own name and several hundred with other artists. He has performed and recorded with many of the most influential musicians in jazz history including Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Billy Holiday, Quincy Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong.
Burrell, recipient of many awards, was named a 2005 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a title awarded annually to a handful of living figures in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the field of jazz. He also received a 2004 Jazz Educator of the Year award from DownBeat magazine for academic achievement and excellence in jazz education. He is a recognized authority on the music of Duke Ellington and in 1978 developed the first regular college course on Ellington ever taught in the United States, at UCLA. In 1996, he was appointed director of the then new Jazz Studies Program, where he has brought to the faculty such jazz notables as George Bohanon, Billy Childs, Billy Higgins, Harold Land, Bobby Rodriguez, Anthony Wilson, and Barbara Morrison.
Benefit concert to honor UCLA jazz legend Kenny Burrell for his 85th birthday: Click Here for Tickets for his Dec. 3 Concert @ UCLA
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Henry “Pucho” Brown, the man behind the incredible Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers. Pucho began recording in 1963, and really hit his stride between 1966 and 1970, when he cut over half a dozen albums for Prestige. On these he helped pioneer a style termed Latin boogaloo, which mixed jazz, New York-style Latin music, R&B/soul, and the sort of funk that was just emerging from James Brown and other performers. Pucho wasn’t afraid to mix up his material on his LPs, which placed originals by Brown and the Latin Soul Brothers next to covers of tunes by Herbie Hancock, the Temptations, the Beatles, Duke Ellington, and John Barry.
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Mr. Bongo. Mr. Bongo started life in 1989 as a small record shop underneath Daddy Kool’s Reggae Store on Berwick Street in London. They were the first shop to sell vinyl releases from independent hip hop labels such as Def Jam, Rawkus, Nervous and Big Beat outside of the USA. Now, Mr. Bongo has became an established bearer for hard-to-find, classic Latin music, particularly Brazilian, outside of the Americas. They are in town for the RappCats event so be sure to check them out while they are in Los Angeles and always online!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Dr. Lonnie Smith. Lonnie is an acclaimed musician, Blue Note recoding legend and one of the funkiest cats around.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is a master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, having featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Enjoy our conversation with a true legend!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Bobby Matos.
Bobby was inspired and encouraged to play timbales by Willie Bobo and Tito Puente, and in the late ˜60s attended the New School and Manhattan School of Music studying composition and arranging. Around this exciting time for Latin Music in N.Y., he recorded “My Latin Soul” for Philips Records. This recording eventually became a much prized cult classic influencing many ˜70’s and ˜80’s Acid Jazz groups on both sides of the Atlantic. Over a lifetime of incredible music that has touched so many of us, we are humbled to have spent time with Bobby Matos.
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with acclaimed musician, Airto. Wow!
Airto has played with many of the greatest names in jazz including Cannonball Adderley, Lee Morgan, Paul Desmond, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, John McLaughlin, Keith Jarrett, Al Di Meola, Zakir Hussain, George Duke just to name a few. He has also played with the Latin/fusion rock band Santana, with symphony orchestras, and as a solo percussionist. Enjoy our conversation with the funky Brazilian percussionist that has been dropping incredible music since the age of 13.
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Vinyl Crisis is humbled to have interviewed Syl Johnson. The one & only acclaimed blues guitarist and singer Syl Johnson had some great memories to share on the air.
Syl’s music spans funk, soul, blues as a performer, singer and music producer.
Syl Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin’ Wolf in the 1950s, before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee Jay Records in 1959. He then began recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in the mid 1960s. Beginning with his first hit, “Come On Sock It to Me” in 1967, Johnson dominated the label as both a hitmaker and producer.
The rest is musical history. Enjoy our interview with the guitar legend and one of the most sampled artists ever as he talks about race in America, learning to play the guitar and working with Wu-Tang, Jay Z and a host of others!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with acclaimed jazz guitarist, David T. Walker. His backup work was featured on several notable albums of the early 1970s, including Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions; Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On and I Want You; Carole King’s Fantasy; The Jackson 5’s Quincy Jones’s Body Heat.
Other musicians Walker has worked with over the years include James Brown, Ray Charles,Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas,Four Tops, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Billy Preston, Bobby Womack, Barry White, Hampton Hawes, Herbie Hancock, Lou Rawls, Willie Hutch, Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Bristol, Solomon Burke, Cannonball Adderley, B.B. King, Pharoah Sanders, Donald Byrd, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Sarah Vaughan, Sérgio Mendes, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turpentine.
Enjoy our interview with the guitar legend and one dam cool cat! More info here: David T. Walker
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Houston Person. Houston first became known for a series of albums for Prestige in the 1960s. There are more than 75 albums recorded by Houston Person as a bandleader, on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, and Muse, and he has most recently been recording on HighNote. Houston has recorded with Charles Brown, Ron Carter, Bill Charlap, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Janis Siegel, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Cedar Walton, Billy Butler, Don Patterson, Sonny Phillips, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Richard “Groove” Holmes and many others. Enjoy our interview with the sax man and one of the coolest cats of all time!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Davin Riley, Co-Founder of MSCLVR. Davin grew up on the latin sounds of New York City, learnt salsa dancing at college and became obsessed with congas and jamming with percussionists. MSCLVR allows fans and curators of music to share in the revenues from referring music. They also debate the important issues facing today’s working musicians and producers. On this week’s show, Davin and Ben trade stories and musical influences from Boogaloo to Latin Psychedelic to rare Brazilian funk.
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Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with the legendary Les McCann. Les is an American icon and is among the best-known, most loved and respected musicians of all time. Having recorded with everyone from Eddie Harris to Richard “Groove” Holmes, discovering Roberta Flack and the man that made the Montreux Jazz Festival what is is today, his legacy is incredible! Enjoy our interview with the the prolific writer, composer and one of the coolest cats of all time!
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